Glazunov: The Symphonies (4CD)

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Bamberger Symphoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Neeme Järvi

Glazunov’s symphonies are a significant cycle within the Russian symphony, to which similar status should be accorded as the today considerably better-known symphonic cycles by his successors Prokofiev, Myaskovsky or Shostakovich. Like Camille Saint-Saëns in France or Max Bruch in Germany, Alexander Glazunov was a truly progressive, but formally conservatively thinking composer who was not willing to sacrifice the traditional symphonic form to superficial Modernism. It is now time to rehabilitate Glazunov’s symphonies. Whoever studies them intensively will discover some of the finest music of their time and particularly under the wonderful baton of the great Glazunov champion Neeme Järvi.

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Tracklisting:

CD1
[1] - [4] Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 5 "Slavyanskaya
[5] - [8] Symphony No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 16

CD2
[1] - [4] Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 33
[5] - [7] Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 48

CD3
[1] - [4] Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 55
[5] - [8] Symphony No. 6 in C minor, Op. 58

CD4
[1] - [4] Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 77 "Pastora'nayal"
[5] - [8] Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, Op. 83

CD5
[1] Ouverture solenelle, Op. 73
[2] Poeme lyrique, Op. 12
[3] Concert Waltz No. 1 in D major, Op. 7
[4] Concert Waltz No. 2 in F major, Op. 51
[5] Svadebnoye shestviye (Wedding Procession), Op. 21

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The Classical Music Collector

"Glazunov was a serious Russian symphonist, perhaps without quite the spark that makes Tchaikovsky the peer among such composers, but very appealing nonetheless. He is probably best known today for his ballets, the Seasons and Raymonda, tuneful and lightweight, while his deeper, traditional, musical thought has been rather sidelined. He completed eight symphonies—a ninth was begun and is sometimes performed as a torso, but is not included in this set—all of which are substantial works, but six of them are in major keys and the dominant mood is one of wistfulness rather than drama. If your taste is for the comfortable, you will enjoy this music that, for all its ambition, manages to retain a suave, almost Mendelssohnian, charm that lingers in the memory." - Chris Dench